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Wed Dec 28, 2016, 07:33 PM

It will be a long time until there is another SoS like John Kerry

I read his remarks made today: https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2016/12/266119.htm

He's eloquent, intelligent, and a true statesman. I hate the thought of him stepping down for an oil baron to take over.

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Reply It will be a long time until there is another SoS like John Kerry (Original post)
milestogo Dec 2016 OP
LisaM Dec 2016 #1
Auggie Dec 2016 #2
InAbLuEsTaTe Dec 2016 #3
CentralMass Dec 2016 #4
smirkymonkey Dec 2016 #5
milestogo Dec 2016 #9
smirkymonkey Dec 2016 #10
CrispyQ Dec 2016 #20
ailsagirl Dec 2016 #6
milestogo Dec 2016 #7
ailsagirl Dec 2016 #8
NewJeffCT Dec 2016 #13
lancelyons Dec 2016 #11
bucolic_frolic Dec 2016 #12
karynnj Dec 2016 #14
milestogo Dec 2016 #15
mcar Dec 2016 #16
mehrrh Dec 2016 #17
milestogo Dec 2016 #18
MBS Dec 2016 #21
bdamomma Dec 2016 #19
MBS Dec 2016 #22
MBS Dec 2016 #23
milestogo Dec 2016 #24

Response to milestogo (Original post)

Wed Dec 28, 2016, 07:35 PM

1. Sigh.

Just think of what this country could have been with Gore, Kerry, and Clinton as presidents instead of Shrubbery and DT.

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Response to LisaM (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 28, 2016, 07:46 PM

2. +1,000,000

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Wed Dec 28, 2016, 07:50 PM

3. Yes, indeed!! Kerry truly is one of a kind.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Wed Dec 28, 2016, 08:01 PM

4. Yes, he will be missed.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Wed Dec 28, 2016, 08:25 PM

5. I think we have seen the end of the statesman.

From now on it will be clowns and charlatans. What a sad country we have become.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 28, 2016, 08:32 PM

9. In a way its like the decline of the serious news anchor.

There will never be another Walter Cronkite.

The day 9/11 happened I went home and watched Peter Jennings. Not perfect but a man with enough gravitas to handle the subject for hours of unscripted television. I was glad he was there that day.

If something similar happened now there is no news channel or newsperson I would want to hear.

And if something like 9/11 happened under Trump I couldn't stand to look at him or listen to him.

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Response to milestogo (Reply #9)

Wed Dec 28, 2016, 08:34 PM

10. How low we have sunk.

I never could have imagined it. Very sad.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 29, 2016, 10:33 AM

20. This is what I think, too. -nt

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Wed Dec 28, 2016, 08:25 PM

6. He would have done a commendable job as President...

had that election not been stolen.

Yet another bitter pill to swallow

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Response to ailsagirl (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 28, 2016, 08:29 PM

7. Gore, Kerry, Clinton -

We can't let this happen again.

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Response to milestogo (Reply #7)

Wed Dec 28, 2016, 08:31 PM

8. Honestly, I was hopeful it would never again happen

Silly me

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Response to ailsagirl (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 28, 2016, 09:21 PM

13. that was a killer

I think he would have been a pretty good president, but the biggest loss was that George W Bush appointed John Roberts to the SCotUS in 2005 and Samuel Alito in 2006.

Just imagine those two replaced with a younger Sonia Sotomayor and Jennifer Granholm or similar instead. No citizens united

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Wed Dec 28, 2016, 08:47 PM

11. Agreed he is all class and many of the other senators and congressman including republicans know

 

Agreed he is all class and many of the other senators and congressman including republicans know

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Wed Dec 28, 2016, 09:05 PM

12. The incoming administration

does not understand diplomacy, governance, compromise, or politics by and large

Warren Harding anyone?

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Wed Dec 28, 2016, 09:48 PM

14. I think he was the best statesman that the war baby/baby boom generation produced

He has been an incredible Secretary of State - essential for both the Iran deal, which averted a war, and the Paris Climate Accord. Either of these major accomplishments would be the crown jewel of any Secretary of State's term. Yes, I know Trump could destroy them, but that does not diminish the accomplishment. If Trump ruins them, that is on his head. Yet, many pundits note he failed to get peace in the Middle East --something they do not hold against the many other people who tried - and he could not put the Syria egg back together - though he did get 600 tons of chemical weapons removed.

His accomplishments easily make him the best Secretary of State this century.

He has been a capable leader since he spoke to the Senate Foreign Relations committee in 1971. His eloquent speech is still one thingoften quoted when questioning if the cost of a war is worth it.

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Response to karynnj (Reply #14)

Wed Dec 28, 2016, 09:51 PM

15. Well said.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Wed Dec 28, 2016, 10:08 PM

16. Yes

President Obama picked two good SOSs.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Wed Dec 28, 2016, 10:19 PM

17. very impressive

Kerry was most articulate today in explaining the present and the past of the Israeli conflict.
He did not defend Hamas, but he defended the US vote of abstention.
He also went over the decades of history and that the US has been the staunchest ally of Israel, which is unappreciated.
He spoke for more than an hour in great detail and those who find fault are simply not paying attention.
Kerry is exactly what we should expect in a fine Secretary of State. In fact, he exceeds expectations.

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Response to mehrrh (Reply #17)

Wed Dec 28, 2016, 10:23 PM

18. And one doesn't acquire all that knowledge without caring deeply about it.

Kerry is so knowledgeable on so many subjects; he has no ulterior motive. He actually cares.

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Response to milestogo (Reply #18)

Thu Dec 29, 2016, 11:20 AM

21. yes indeed. n/t

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Wed Dec 28, 2016, 10:42 PM

19. John Kerry

a true statesman.

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Response to bdamomma (Reply #19)

Thu Dec 29, 2016, 11:22 AM

22. The Real Thing, for sure.


I have been so proud to have Obama and Kerry represent us on the international stage.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Thu Dec 29, 2016, 11:26 AM

23. He has been an outstanding SoS

without a doubt, the best SoS in my lifetime.

He has made noises about continuing to stay active, especially in service to solving problems of climate change and the environment. Luckily for us, "retire" does not seem to be in this man's DNA.


I also hope that his plans include a memoir of his most worthy career.
I especially would look forward to a frank assessment of the 2004 election.

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Response to MBS (Reply #23)

Thu Dec 29, 2016, 11:39 AM

24. I hope so.

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